Author: Elizabeth Means
Release Date: 1 September 2011
Number of pages: 288 pages
Publisher: English Tea Rose
Source: review copy provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon
Grade: 2 stars
Goodreads appetizer: To escape an arranged marriage Gabrielle Broussard flees her home and becomes an undercover investigator with an elite, all-female investigative agency. Her first assignment, as governess at Westford castle to investigate the suspicious death of the Countess of Westford, quickly becomes complicated when she finds herself attracted to her number one suspect. Lord Julian Blackwell is a survivor. After his father's bankruptcy, he becomes a self-made man in Victorian England's booming industrial era. Trapped into a loveless marriage, he has survived the shock of his wife's sudden death. But now he must survive rumors and outright accusations. Hiring a private agency to investigate and prove his innocence seems like a good idea...until desire threatens to compromise both the case and the life of the investigator.This review was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
My Thoughts: When I read the above blurb I was hooked. I mean Dangerous Charade is a combination of historical romance and Victorian detective story, featuring a female detective, what's not to like? Sadly I wasn't enchanted as I thought I would be.
- Julian gives an additional task to Gabrielle (whom he employs as his daughter's governess), namely to act as his escort at social events:
"You will accompany me to all social functions I am obligated to attend for business reasons, and stay by my side throughout the entire event. This will give the impression I am off the market."
“But I’ve noticed you seem to be particularly interested in him. You wouldn’t have a little crush on Julian, now, would you?”